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Walking is good for you.  M’kay?

Here is a link to Walgreens for a program that gives you coupons for walking and tracking your walking activities – a win-win because you are already doing it for ShapeUp RI.  It was sent to my by (drum roll) the Walkers!

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Stress is bad. M’kay?  Stress makes you fat.  Stress gives you high blood pressure.  Stress can cause psychological problems.

You don’t have to go on a two-week yoga retreat to fight stress.  There are plenty of things you can do to reduce stress that don’t require blocks of time or substantial cash outlay.  Try some of them.

Try to do one or two of them today and tomorrow and the day after that, and the day after that ….

I know that you are trying to incorporate more vegetables into your diet.  Joy the Baker has come up with this method of adding beets to a chocolate cake.  I am going to try to get someone to make this for me next week.  Photos to follow!

Three pig farmers are discussing their feeding techniques.

The first explains that he lets his pigs root around under the apple tree and eat old apples that have fallen to the ground. The second one says his way is far superior: he takes a stick and knocks the apples from the tree for the pigs to feed on.

The third farmer contends that his way is the best – he picks up a pig and holds it up so it can eat them right off the tree.

The first two farmers look at him like he’s crazy. “Isn’t that incredibly time-consuming?”

The third farmer looks at them and says, “Yeah, but what’s time to a pig?”

Next time you are all stressed out about time, just repeat to yourself:  “What’s time to a pig?”

For those participating in the 5 fruits and vegetables part of the program, I include this link showing how you can get 9  servings of fruits and vegetables a day, which is apparently the new guideline issued by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services.

I don’t know about you, but if I started eating 2 cups of fruit and 2 and a half cups of vegetables every day, my digestive system would take a while to adjust.

Off topic, here is an article by Teller (of Penn and Teller) about how magicians manipulate you.

So enter your data and eat a peach.

For those of you who will be attending parties to view the Academy Awards broadcast I have listed below the favorites in a number of categories, along with the odds, according to Ladbrokes.com, the UK betting site.

Best picture:  The Artist (1/20, which means that if you bet 20 quid, you would win one)

Best director:  Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist (1/10)

Best actress:  Local favorite Viola Davis – The Help (1/2)

Best actor:  Jean Dujardin – The Artist (4/7)

Best supporting actress:  Octavia Spencer – The Help (1/50)

Best supporting actor:  Christopher Plummer – Beginners (1/50).

I have been reading a plethora of posts online about how to make a program of diet and exercise successful, and one theme that comes up repeatedly is that of consistency.  According to Merriam-Webster, the word “consistency” has been around since 1594, but it’s in the top 30% of lookups on its website.  Seems people have used it since Elizabeth I was queen of England, but still don’t really know what it means.

Emerson, in his essay on Self-Reliance, said:  “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”  Here, I think he was warning us against doing the same thing over and over the same way without considering why.

Going back to Merriam-Webster, the definition of “consistency” that most accords with what I am guessing is apt to help you with a program of diet and exercise is 3b:  “harmony of conduct or practice with profession,” which I take to mean harmonizing your activities with your stated desires.  The key concept is harmony, not a rigid adherence to repetition.

So, make your plans, set your goals, be flexible, but strive to keep the walk in line with the talk.

And enter your data!

Here again is a link to the page I was referred to by someone at ShapeUp RI when I asked for step equivalents.  I’m not sure the pedometer works so well if you are on a moving or stationary bicycle or an elliptical trainer, and I know it doesn’t work at all when you are sitting (good for 909 steps per 30 minutes).

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